Rush Hour Accidents
It is safe to say that most of us have experienced the frustration that comes from sitting in rush hour traffic. Whether you are trying to get to work on time for a big meeting, taking your kids to school, traveling to another city, or simply on your way home after a long day at work, dealing with congested roadways may be stressful. Thus, it should come as no surprise that rush hour traffic leads to some of the most devastating accidents on the roads. Some motorists let the stress of rush hour traffic get the better of them, causing them to drive with poor attention or recklessness. If you have been hurt in this type of crash, experienced Columbia car accident attorney Matt Uhrig is ready to help you seek the compensation that you deserve from the driver who struck you.Holding a Careless Driver Liable for a Rush Hour Accident
The first step in recovering compensation is showing that the driver who caused the accident was negligent, which means that they were careless or reckless. It is critical for drivers to remain attentive and careful during rush hour, when the roadways are congested and numerous cars are merging in and out of lanes. If a driver fails to operate their vehicle with the same level of care and skill that a prudent motorist would use in a similar situation, that motorist will be considered negligent. Failing to drive with due care during rush hour may involve texting or talking on the phone, engaging in aggressive driving behaviors like tailgating or rapid lane changes, or speeding. By contrast, a prudent driver will adjust their conduct to accommodate conditions like congested roadways. For example, if the highway is congested and it is raining, a prudent driver would not likely swerve among lanes and would refrain from following too closely behind another vehicle. The duty of care also involves complying with applicable traffic rules and regulations, such as using turn signals.
If you can prove that the defendant violated their duty of care, you must next show that there is a link between the defendant’s lack of due care and the injuries that you sustained. In other words, this means that you would not have been harmed had the defendant acted with appropriate care. After establishing this causal link, you will need to offer evidence that supports the amount of compensation that you are claiming. Common examples of economic and non-economic damages in car accident cases include medical expenses, physical therapy, property damage, missed paychecks, pain and suffering, and diminished quality of life.Consult a Dedicated Columbia Attorney After a Car Accident
If you have been involved in a car crash during rush hour, we understand how stressful, painful, and costly this situation may be for your family and you. At the Law Offices of Matt Uhrig, we take pride in providing each client with the responsive, personalized, and dedicated legal counsel that they deserve. Columbia car accident lawyer Matt Uhrig has assisted victims in many areas of Missouri, including Ashland and Jefferson City. To schedule a free consultation with a motor vehicle collision lawyer, call us at 573-657-2050 or contact us through our website.